"Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far." That may be Theodore Roosevelt's most famous quote, but it reflects only a small part of his life’s work. Come to the library on Saturday, April 1 at 1:00 pm to hear the American in the Arena, a living history presentation about the many accomplishments of our 26th president. The war hero, conservationist, and statesman will be brought to life by the American Historical Theatre.  You don't want to miss this!

Other mustn't miss April programs include our next Lincoln Center Local event. We're screening a concert of the Heritage Blues Trio on Saturday, April 8 at 1:30 pm.  When not performing with the Heritage Blues Orchestra, guitarist and harmonica player Bill Sims, Jr., vocalist and percussionist Chaney Sims, and guitarist and vocalist Junior Mack moonlight as the intimate Heritage Blues Trio. Just as the blues is full of joy and sorrow, the program will range from upbeat and celebratory to somber and reflective.

Also in April, on Saturday the 15th at 1:00 pm, you’ll enjoy Beyond Category: the Life and Times of Duke Ellington.  Duke Ellington was the most prolific composer of the twentieth century in terms of both number of compositions and variety of forms. This program will trace Ellington’s musical life from his beginnings in 1920′s Harlem and the Jazz Age to his death in 1974. Audio and video footage, in addition to musical examples, will illustrate the magnitude of Ellington’s contributions to the American aesthetic. Please register at the library.

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If you enjoy listening to the blues or to any other type of music, be sure to check out our newest online service.  Qello Concerts offers over 1700 of the most amazing live moments in music in dozens of different styles and genres. It's the world's largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries that can be streamed on-demand to just about any digital device, and it's free with your library card.  Follow the links on our homepage to set up your account and start listening today.

Once you have an RB Digital account to enjoy the music on Qello, you’ll also have access to OnePlay Games.  With over 2000 games for PCs and Android devices (iOS coming soon), you’ll have unlimited access and be able to play anytime, on all your devices. There are games suitable for all ages, and new ones added all the time.

A special note to participants of the Sensory Story Time: the April 30th storytime is cancelled.   There will be no meeting in May. At the June 4th meeting the craft project will involve painting. For those who do not like to paint, there will be an alternate craft. The June meeting is the last sensory storytime until we come back in the fall.

Thursday, April 6 brings a springtime Kidcraft for children ages 4 and up.  Come to make a seasonal craft project at 6:30. The program is free but space is limited; please sign up in advance.

In addition to our regular movies (Monday at 6;30 and Wednesday at 12:30 – this week Natalie Portman plays the widow of a recently assassinated president) there will be a special teen movie afternoon. On Friday, April 7 at 3:30 pm you’ll watch the exciting adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter read his book. The movie is rated PG-13 and runs 133 minutes.  Teens under 13 need parental permission to attend. There will be a second showing on Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 pm.

The new anime club for children ages 10 and up will be meeting on Tuesday, April 4 from 3:30- 5:30. They’ll be watching Dragon Ball Z, which does contain cartoon violence. There will also be a vote on what to watch next and snacks.

The Friends of the Library are having a book-and-bake sale in May.  You can bring in book donations anytime the library is open, but call first if you are bringing in more than one box. We accept books, CDs, and DVDs in good condition.  Please don’t donate textbooks or encyclopedias. Sign up for the bake sale will begin soon.

All our regular programming—story times, book discussions, kids’ clubs--is in full force this week. There are now two sessions of the English conversation group for speakers of other languages, Mondays at 10:30 and Wednesdays at 4:00.  Anyone is welcome at either session.

The library will be closed Sunday, April 9 in observance of Palm Sunday.